My name is Mike. I’m an addict.

my-name-is-mike-i-am-an-addict-new-beginnings-of-tampaMy name is Mike. I’m an addict. I can’t begin to count the number of times I introduced myself that way during dozens of failed attempts at substance abuse recovery.

I spent 35 years drinking and drugging. I have served 13 county jail sentences, 1 prison term, and 2 court ordered rehab programs. I have 3 DUI convictions, been classified a habitual drunk driver, and had my license suspender for 10 years. At one point my craving for drugs left me living on the streets of Tampa.

I spent 3 years living on the street.

In November of 2000 I checked myself in to detox. Not because I believed it would do me any good. Just needed to get some sleep and a few meals in my worn out body. While there I met Pastor Tom Atchison. He was talking to people about New Beginnings of Tampa and I was one of the first 13 men and women that moved in to his Chilkoot unit.

I didn’t have any intention to stay there, but detox is only for a few days and I needed more rest. But change occurred. I began to embrace a new lifestyle and I stayed there for over three years, surrounded by people that truly care about others and strive to make a difference in this world.


Today I live a very normal life. I work full time, sleep in my own bed, eat my own food, and I wont be on the corner begging you for money that I will promptly run to the drug dealer with. I also wont be driving down your streets taking the lives of you and your family in my drunken hands.


Thank you Pastor Tom for your much needed help. What an awesome vision you have. I cant thank you enough. Neither can the people of Tampa.

Mike Fugate
Still alive and well

Get help for substance abuse. If you or someone you know has a problem with substance abuse in Tampa and need help. Contact New Beginnings of Tampa and we will help or help get the help needed for substance abuse.



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